Professional-Life Father Arrested by FBI Pleads Not Responsible

Mark Houck, a pro-life, Catholic activist arrested final week by the FBI, plead not responsible to federal fees on Tuesday associated to an October 2021 incident whereby he allegedly pushed an abortion clinic volunteer.

Authorities have charged Houck with violating the Freedom of Entry to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which criminalizes the usage of drive to intimidate or hinder somebody from getting or offering an abortion. On Tuesday, the daddy of seven plead not responsible to 2 counts, Fox Information reported.

Houck’s lawyer mentioned that President Joe Biden’s Justice Division is pushing the fees as a type of “political prosecution,” the publication reported, noting that the case was already thrown out by the state courtroom. Lawyer Peter Breen added that the Justice Division is treating Houck, a long-time pro-life activist, as if he have been a “drug lord or a mafia boss.”

“It put officers’ lives in peril,” the lawyer mentioned. “It put the Houck household in peril. And it was an utter waste of judicial sources and taxpayer sources.”

In keeping with federal courtroom paperwork, Houck was arrested on the cost that he assaulted a 72-year-old volunteer, whose title just isn’t supplied, on the Deliberate Parenthood Elizabeth Blackwell Well being Middle abortion clinic in Philadelphia twice on Oct. 13, 2021.  

The District Court docket in Philadelphia investigated and dismissed the cost earlier this summer season, Houck’s spouse, Ryan-Marie, advised Life Website Information. She mentioned that her husband generally introduced their eldest son with him. She added that on a number of events a “pro-abortion protester” would say “crude … inappropriate and disgusting issues” to their 12-year-old son, similar to “your dad’s a fag” and different vulgar slurs.

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Houck has not responded to requests for remark from The Every day Sign.

The Every day Sign’s Gillian Richards contributed to this report.